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Cookie Tins: The History of the Cookie Boxes We Never Get Rid Of


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Most cookie packaging isn't impressive these days, but there's just something about cookie tins that feels nostalgic. You can't dispose of them like your typical Oreo Cookie package, so you usually keep the tin for something else. Oh, don't act like you don't have a cookie tin full of sewing needles and thread. (They're perfect storage containers.)

The first person who used a cookie tin can as sewing storage caused a trend, but so did a biscuit manufacturer back in the 1800s. Before Amazon could pack your chocolate chip cookies with bubble wrap and a sturdy box, biscuit manufacturers across the pond had to pack cookies in tins to protect them as visitors traveled back home.

The Smithsonian Magazine writes, "They allowed their valuable cookie contents to travel easily, stay oven-fresh and not crumble. Credit for introducing biscuit tins goes to Huntley and Palmers, a Quaker firm in Reading, England, which, by 1900, was the largest biscuit manufacturer in the world..."

Where to Buy Holiday Cookie Tin Containers

Merry Christmas Traditional Gift Tin Tower

You can find many retailers who sell goodies such as brownies and cookies in gift tins. Shop Cheryl's Cookies for treats! They're the perfect gift for cookie lovers. They are popular around Christmas time, but there are gift boxes for year-round celebrations. Choose from cookie gift boxes with messages for birthdays, wishing others good luck, and more.

The holidays are coming up, so if you're short on holiday gift ideas, just place a cookie gift tin under the Christmas tree. It's a great gift idea for anyone who has a sweet tooth. These will definitely spread the holiday cheer.

Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies, 12 Oz.


You can even find some Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies at Walmart for $3.48. (Be sure to take advantage of Walmart's store pickup.)

Empty Cookie Tins

Round Nesting Tins With Holiday Print Designs

These Christmas cookie tins are too cute! The tin boxes feature a snowman, Santa, reindeer, snowflakes, and more.

Many people love buying empty holiday tins for DIY gifting. Make your own butter cookies and order plenty of biscuit tins for gift giving for your loved ones. They're perfect for your next holiday party too! (Check out this shortbread cookie recipe.)

When I think of these round tins, my mind automatically sees Christmas cookie boxes. Growing up, it was common for my family to have treat boxes full of sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and butter cookies every holiday season.

Forget cookie jars and gift baskets. It's all about these stainless steel and metal cookie boxes for the next few months. Keep the tradition alive and mail a box of holiday cookies and Christmas treats as a Christmas gift to a family member to spread the holiday spirit.

Happy holidays, y'all!

This post was originally published on July 17, 2020.

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